Stunning antique late 19th century French sterling silver gilt vermeil strawberry serving spoon. Decorated with exquisite Louis XV / Rococo styling. Featuring an extraordinary two tone hand engraved floral patterned bowl with pierced and scalloped edge. A cluster of flowers framed by C-scrolls adorns the top of the handle, adding a lovely detail to the back of the bowl. Finished at the handle with stylized foliage, roses and scalloped shell motif. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which guaranteed the finest quality French sterling silver of .950/1000 purity in use from 1838 (95% pure silver and higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Henri Soufflot, who commence trade at 89 rue de Turbigo, Paris from 1884 - 1910. In good condition, some wear to the back of the bowl. Measures 8 5/8" length. Weighs 77.7 grams. Housed in an old presentation box with yellow satin lined fitted interior. Box shows general wear commensurate with age and measures 10 3/8" length x 3 7/8" width x 1 7/8" height.
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